Best outdoor dining in Paris
From rooftop dining in the 8th arrondissement to hidden gardens in the 16th, these are the top places for al fresco summer dining in Paris
Saint James Paris
Located on the chic Rive Droite, just a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe, Saint James Paris is a striking hotel in a 19th-century chateau. The hidden attraction of this exceptional hotel lies at the rear: a 300-square metre terrace arranged as a fairytale-like garden complete with balloon-shaped pergolas. The restful garden is the perfect place to escape the hubbub of the city and enjoy a summer evening with top food in a magical setting. The stunning hot-air balloon canopies recall the garden’s former life as a launch pad for balloons and help make Saint James one of the most photogenic spots in Paris.
Saint James Paris, 43 avenue Bugeaud, 75116 Paris, +33 (0)1 4405 8181
Located in the chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the Ralph Lauren flagship, Ralph’s is arguably one of the prettiest restaurants in Paris, largely thanks to its stunning garden terrace complete with rose bushes and exotic greenery. Here guests can dine on classic American dishes such as fillet of beef, ranch steak, grilled lobster and club sandwiches.
Ralph’s, 173 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 4477 7600
Hotel Amour reflects the sophisticated bohemian spirit of the Pigalle district. Located in the ninth arrondissement, the hotel offers a romantic retreat for couples in one of the coolest up-and-coming parts of the city. The boutique hotel has become a favourite with the fashion pack thanks to its playful, quirky spirit and the beautiful glass-topped courtyard. Stop by on a sultry summer night and enjoy an aperitif.
Hotel Amour, 8 rue de Navarin, 75009 Paris, +33 (0)1 4878 3180
With a menu devised by Eric Frechon, the triple Michelin-starred chef of Le Bristol Paris, an impressive location seconds from the Champs-Élysées and a magnificent outdoor terrace, the Mini Palais is culinary gem in the heart of Paris. Open from 10am to midnight daily, it is the perfect place to visit for everything from a simple supper to something more substantial. Dine on the likes of beef tartare with French fries or braised veal sweetbreads with Comté cheese and soak up the fresh air at the same time.
Mini Palais, Grand Palais, avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4256 4242
For some of the best views in Paris, climb up to the rooftop of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, home to Maison Blanche restaurant. The avenue Montaigne terrace is a beautiful spot for al fresco dining, with white sofas and well-dressed tables offering the perfect setting for an elegant experience. With its breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower and top seasonal menu, it’s one of the best outdoor dining spots in Paris, day or night.
Maison Blanche, 15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4723 5599
Set in an art nouveau building that has been restored to great effect, Les Climats invites visitors to dine in splendour under a refurbished vaulted ceiling amid marble pilasters and stained-glass windows. While the restaurant’s inviting décor is a huge draw, the tiny ‘secret garden’ allows diners to fully appreciate both the building and the warmer weather. Book a table in the garden for lunch and enjoy a leisurely meal under parasols or on the shady veranda. The restaurant’s 150-page wine list is a treat for discerning wine lovers, and the garden is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed glass in the sun.
Les Climats, 41 rue de Lille, 75007 Paris, +33 (0)1 5862 1008
Those looking for outdoor dining in the Montmartre area should make a beeline for Chamarré Montmartre. The contemporary restaurant offers a blend of culinary styles in its à la carte menu and various set meals, which include the market lunch, tasting menu and on-the-go. Dine on plates such as Breton cod with mussels and roast suckling pig, all of which should ideally be sampled on the charming outdoor terrace, ideal for watching the comings-and-goings of the area.
Chamarré Montmartre, 52 rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)1 4255 0542